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In the following phrase "Heute Abend schaue ich mir einen Film an", what is the explanation for "mir" (considering that there is a ich before) and the "an"?

December 3, 2017



(Edit: Sorry, TaylorHenrique was faster and is, of course, right; but I'll leave this here anyway...)

The basic expression is "sich etwas anschauen" - "to (have a) look at something".

You need to split the verb and put the prefix at the end of the sentence: "ich schaue ... an" ("I watch / look at ...").

Literally, the German phrase translates as "I watch myself a movie", that's where the "mir" (reflexive pronoun) comes from. You don't necessarily need the "mir", but it's the usual way to phrase it.

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Danke, das ist eine sehr gute Antwort.


The "an" is part of the saparable verb "anschauen" (to look at). "mir" is necessary because "anschauen" is a reflexive verb.

You can read more about this here: https://www.germanveryeasy.com/m/separable-verbs

and here: https://www.germanveryeasy.com/m/reflexive-verbs

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Danke für deine Antwort.

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